Former U.S. Congressman | UT-4
Former Congressman Ben McAdams is a Senior Fellow at the Sorenson Impact Center at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He is also the founder of the Common Ground Institute, an organization focused on policy development, bridge-building, and problem-solving on matters of public significance. McAdams served previously as Mayor of Utah’s largest county, representing 1.1 million constituents and balanced a budget of $1.2 billion while also securing and maintaining the county’s coveted AAA bond rating.
In his public service, McAdams brought Republicans and Democrats together to find solutions to address homelessness, form public-private partnerships to improve education and health outcomes, and promote evidence-based decision-making at all levels of government.
Prior to elected office, McAdams was senior advisor to the Mayor of Salt Lake City, Adjunct Professor of Securities Regulation at the University of Utah’s SJ Quinney School of Law, and attorney in private practice with firms in New York and Salt Lake where he specialized in public and private securities transactions for U.S. and international issuers.
Ben McAdams’s Ideas
Problem Government often focuses more on treatment than prevention, which leads to solutions that are more costly to taxpayers and less effective. In education, this […]
Education | Ben McAdams | Former U.S. Congressman | UT-4
Problem The Central Wasatch Mountains are “ground zero” for millions of Utah residents and visitors alike to obtain clean drinking water, experience a variety of […]
Infrastructure | Ben McAdams | Former U.S. Congressman | UT-4
Problem The Salt Lake County jail struggles with overcrowding and high recidivism rates. A substantial percentage of those in jail have committed nonviolent crimes associated […]
Criminal Justice | Ben McAdams | Former U.S. Congressman | UT-4
Problem Each year, the Salt Lake County community invests $42 million in government and private funds on the complex issue of homelessness, helping Utah’s Housing […]
Housing | Ben McAdams | Former U.S. Congressman | UT-4
Problem Salt Lake County has seen homelessness expand and, as the opioid epidemic has also grown, the area surrounding our main homeless shelter has been […]
Smart Government | Ben McAdams | Former U.S. Congressman | UT-4